Programs for Indigenous students

Supported degree programs and information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

At Melbourne, you'll be part of a thriving, friendly and diverse community of more than 500 Indigenous students. Targeted programs and support for Indigenous students are offered through our centres and institutes, as well as our faculties, graduate schools, and residential colleges, which see our students flourish and succeed in their degrees and beyond.

Bachelor of Arts (Extended)

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A four-year degree for Australian Indigenous students that provides a strong background in the arts for a pathway to careers in languages, humanities and social sciences

Build a strong foundation for success among a range of disciplines, and receive tailored academic support and mentoring. This degree is for students who do not have the required results for direct entry into the three-year Bachelor of Arts, but still provides access to the full subject range.

Bachelor of Science (Extended)

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A four-year degree for Indigenous Australian students that will put you on the path to a dream career in science and/or technology

Integrate science, mathematics and Indigenous studies subjects to help build your academic skills for success throughout your degree and into your career. You'll receive tailored academic support and mentoring along the way. This degree is for students who do not have the required results for direct entry into the three-year Bachelor of Science, but still provides access to the full subject range.

Diploma in General Studies (Extended)

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This 18-month program provides a pathway into University of Melbourne degrees for Indigenous Australian students

Build the academic skills to succeed and explore a range of fields while you develop your general education. This diploma can be used as your pathway to most of our bachelor degrees. You'll not only learn in a supportive environment at the close-knit Dookie campus community, but you'll also receive tailored academic support and mentoring.

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Academic, cultural and personal support for Indigenous students

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The Murrup Barak Institute and Wilin Centre provide support to all Indigenous Australian students enrolled at Melbourne, as well as those wishing to apply. Dedicated teams of student support professionals offer information, advice and support on a wide range of academic, cultural and personal matters to help your transition to university studies.

Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development

Our purpose is to make an enduring contribution to Indigenous Australia through the transformative impact of education and employment for Indigenous Australians, who either come to study or work at the University of Melbourne.

The Indigenous Student Success Team at Murrup Barak works with Indigenous Australian students to ensure they have the necessary support around them, which enables them to build their capacity to make decisions to maximise their academic, global, social and cultural experiences with us.

Learn more about student support through Murrup Barak

Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development

The Wilin Centre works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to identify, recruit and support potential and practicing Indigenous artists to study and refine their academic and artistic skills at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne. Situated at the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct, the Wilin Centre fosters innovation in the research, development, advocacy and presentation of Indigenous arts and cultural practice.

Scholarships and guaranteed entry

You could be eligible for a Melbourne Access Scholarship to help with the costs of study and living in Melbourne. Or, you could even be eligible for guaranteed entry to select undergraduate degrees, plus be automatically considered for scholarships.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, see Access Melbourne for undergraduate study or Graduate Access Melbourne.

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Acknowledgement of country

The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which of our campuses are situated. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have made a contribution to the life of the  University community.

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